Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats.
Area: 5,780 km²
Founded: 1343
Capital: Denpasar
Population: 4.225 million (2014)
Colleges and Universities: Udayana University

Arrive this afternoon at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar where you will be greeted by your local guide. A private transfer (approximately 2 hours) takes you to Karangasem, Bali’s eastern province.

Today you will explore the less-visited province of Karangasem. First stop is the ‘water of the Ganges’, the sacred water palace of Tirta Gannga; with beautiful ponds, bathing pools and lush vegetation. Next, start trekking to the ancient village of Tenganan. Afterwards, head back to your hotel, where the rest of your day is free at leisure.

Take a drive through scenic back roads to Sibetan village to see locals do their traditional weaving. You’ll also visit a fruit plantation growing the famous ‘Salak’ or ‘snakeskin’ fruit. Then see the Mother Temple of Bali, Besakih; the most important on the islandDrive next to visit the former Royal Courts of Justice or “Kerta Gosa”, at Klunkung, before heading to Ubud and checking in to your hotel.

Start early today for a good look around Ubud. See its beautiful rice fields and move on to palaces, museums and local markets. You will also see the Royal residence at the 16th century palace; where the Royals still live. This evening, go to a nearby village to see a performance of traditional Balinese dancing. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

After breakfast at your hotel, depart by road through hidden routes in the island’s interior. You’ll be awestruck at Jatiluwih when you reach the panoramic view of Bali’s iconic rice terraces. Located on a slope near the holy mountain of Batukaru, this area is known as the rice granary of Bali. Next, drive to the ‘floating’ temple of Ulun Danu, set in the middle of a scenic lake. We will continue to the lakes of Buyan and Tamblingam, where you can stop to take photos. Towards evening arrive in the remote area of Munduk.

Drive along one of the most scenic roads in Bali and stop for lunch. After lunch we will head past jungle-covered mountains and rice terraces towards the West Coast of Bali. Later in the afternoon, see Bali’s most famous temple, Tanah Lot, set on a small island in the sea; an iconic sight. Afterwards, transfer to your beach hotel or the airport for your onward flight.
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